Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Catherine Ardagh
Dublin South Central

15 February 2016

Labour health plan wildly unrealistic – Ardagh

The health plan published by the Labour party at the weekend is wildly unrealistic and unachievable over a five year span says Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin South-Central Cllr Catherine Ardagh.

She pointed out that the Labour  pledge for 1,500 new hospital beds at a cost of €557 million was “totally unrealistic.” The HSE told Fianna Fáil in reply to a parliamentary question earlier this year that the ‘existing built infrastructure in our hospital system could not accommodate’ 1,500 additional beds and that to ‘introduce this number of beds a new build would be required’.

“The HSE also estimated the capital cost of 1,500 new beds at €1.5 bn. The Labour party does not seem to have made an allocation for this in either the Labour health plan or their economic plan published earlier last week.

“Additionally, 1,500 beds is about two and a half times the capacity of the Mater Hospital in Dublin. Is it really likely that such a number could be provided within five years?

“The public will not be fooled by these promises. Five years ago the Labour party promised universal health insurance and free GP care by 2016.

“Neither happened,” pointed out Cllr Ardagh.